Topic / Catholicism

Catholic bishop and several cohorts arrested for theft

Bishop José Ronaldo Ribeiro, above, has been arrested in Brazil. He and several Catholic other priests are accused of fleecing the faithful to the tune of around $600,000 (£425,000). According to this report, the arrests took place as part of an operation called “Caiphas,” which began at the crack of dawn on Monday. Close to […]

The Catholic Church needs fresh blood if it is to survive

The woman pictured above is American Catholic Katie Prejean McGrady and right now she is in Rome, together with around 300 young people from all over the world who are discussing the future of the Catholic Church with the Pope. Reporting for the Religion News Service, Thomas Reese wrote: The pope shows he understands that […]

Polish theologian rebuked for wishing for Pope’s death

Polish theologian Msgr Edward Staniek, above, is receiving backlash for his homily last month in which he prayed for Pope Francis’s ‘happy death’ if he did not open his heart to ‘wisdom’. This annoyed many, according to this report, including Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Kraków who rebuked Staniek on Saturday, saying: It is with great pain and […]

Faith-based probation order led to teenager’s abuse by priest

After a 17-year-old Michigan teen had been ordered by a court to complete community service under the supervision of a Catholic priest – Fr Robert DeLand, above – he fell victim to sexual abuse by the priest. DeLand, according to this report, was subsequently arrested late last month for sexually assaulting the teen as well […]

‘Historic’ judgment sees priest jailed in Mexico for 63 years

Legal history was made in Mexico this week when Carlos López Valdez, above, became the first priest in the country to receive a jail sentence for sexual abuse. The priest, according to this report, was officially removed from ministry in 2011, but according to several Mexican newspapers, he continued to celebrate Mass in Mexico City […]

Militant pro-lifers are lunatics, says senior Catholic priest

Monsignor John Devine, OBE, stands accused of distorting Catholic teaching on abortion and of lying by saying that people who have abortions are not murderers. Attacks on Devine, the highest-ranking Catholic cleric on the Isle of Man, began after he revealed in a letter that he had criticised pro-lifers who were opposing the Isle of Man’s […]

Will the Tories please throw the Catholic Church under a bus

Last September the Catholic Herald‘s Andrew Cusack argued that Catholic voters were of immense value to Theresa May’s Government, and insisted that the Tories should honour their election pledge to remove an admissions cap that was preventing the Church from opening new schools. Slamming the Government’s failure to scrap the cap, he wrote that: During […]

N Ireland priest resigns over association with a paedophile

Dr John McAreavey, Catholic Bishop of Dromore, above, has resigned ‘with immediate” effect after it came to light that he celebrated Mass alongside a priest he knew was a paedophile. His departure, according to lawyer Claire McKeegan: Has brought to the surface yet another paedophile priest who was never investigated or exposed by the church […]

Top Vatican Bank man to stand trial over €50-m property scam

Angelo Caloia, 78, above – a  former President of the Vatican Bank – is to be tried on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. According to this report, Caloia is highest ranking Holy See financial official to be hit with criminal charges – and his legal counsel Gabriele Liuzzo, 94, has also been indicted. In naming […]

Unlike Catholics, Jews have no concept of what the ‘truth’ is

Henryk Zielinski, above, Editor-in-Chief of the Polish Catholic weekly Idziemy, caused outrage at the weekend when he said that some of the biblical stories believed by Jews ‘have nothing to do with facts’. That’s really rich – especially coming from a Catholic. According to this report, speaking during an interview with TVP Zielinski said that […]